GUWAHATI, Feb 20 � The All Assam Students� Union (AASU) on Sunday came down heavily on the Prime Minister�s �attitude of indifference� towards the core issues of the State including the problem of cross-border influx, NRC update and corruption.
The student body described the Prime Minister�s skirting of the burning issues as another attempt to deceive the people�s aspirations.
Addressing media persons here, adviser of the student body Dr Samujjal Bhattacharya said that Dr Manmohan Singh�s two-day visit to the State had actually encouraged the illegal infiltrators and the perpetrators of corruption as the Prime Minister kept mum on all these issues crucial to the welfare of the State.
Dr Bhattacharya said that the people of Assam including the AASU had much expectations of the Prime Minister�s visit as everyone had hoped that he would announce a clear stand on infiltration and NRC update.
�The Prime Minister even avoided the issues of flood, erosion and big dams,� said Dr Bhattacharya, adding that Dr Singh who represents the State in the Rajya Sabha should tender a apology to the people of Assam for failing to implement the major clauses of the Assam Accord.
It needs to be mentioned here that the AASU criticized Manmohan Singh for not commenting on corruption and mentioned that Singh through his silence has institutionalized corruption in the State.
On the other hand, the student body said that the people of Assam had to always fight for their rights and even when they had a Prime Minister from their own State, they would have to fight for their rights.
The AASU warned that it would be compelled to take to the path of agitation if the Prime Minister kept showing a lackadaisical attitude towards the problems of the State.
�Assam has always been deprived and there is no change in this situation even during the term of Manmohan Singh,� said Dr Bhattacharya, pointing out that State would be even be deprived of major stretches of the four lane project as per a notification of the government of India that mentions dropping of 230 kms from the four-lane project.